James Yarbrough | Texas Wesleyan University | Linebacker
Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting process was like. Why did you choose Texas Wesleyan?
A: I started off at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas where I walked on to the team in 2014. Unfortunately, I didn’t make the team there so I kept working out I was always judge off my height because shorter than most college football players. After being denied by Navarro College I made a workout video of me doing drills at the time I played Running Back and Linebacker. After making the video I got an offer from Mcmurry University and Texas Wesleyan University I made my decision to go to Texas Wesleyan University because in 2016 they was starting up the football program up again so i figured why not take the opportunity to be the first class to join a starting up program to get ahead of the game.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: It would be getting a opportunity to play college football. Because during high school many coaches told me that I would never make it because of my height but I always used that as motivation and being able to prove them wrong makes me feel that my heart and effort I put in everyday pays off.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing?
A: To get into your playbook, always study your opponent watch his every step move etc. From my defensive coordinator states ” The more you study your opponent when its game time you’ll be able to beat him every time because you put the time and effort to beat him”.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football didn’t work out?
A: My major is Psychology, I want to work with kids either doing CPS (Child protective Services” or Juvenile Probation because kids in society today needs guidance throughout their lives.
Q: What would your teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: They would say I’m the hardest working guy on the time. I got the nickname “Lionheart” at Navarro and Texas Wesleyan because I never give up. They would also say I’m one of the strongest guys on the team because I’m always the first one in the weight room the last one to leave because I’m all about business. Also, they would say that even though I’m short I will give you challenge on the field I don’t go down easy I may be short but not with a fight you won’t be able to stop me.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: Adjusting to my life without none of my family members here anymore. I lost my mother, father, and my two sisters. Its been one of the major challenges I face everyday but I manage it by keeping god first and not giving up on my goal.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: My biggest strength is bringing motivation, heart, and leadership because I’m the guy that will make sure my team is keeping their hopes high and for them to reflect on my love for the game. Because I love to win I hate to lose I want to see my team progress knowing that if me and my teammate go to war on the field we going to war together to attack the day. I believe that scouts should consider me because I’m a hard worker no matter what my height is I’m going to the best of my abilities they won’t regret it at the end of the day scouts will look at me and say “This kid is what we need” My effort is relentless inever give up on my team, a play, drill anything I will make sure they won’t regret offering me a opportunity.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: I would say my mother, she struggled everyday to make sure me and my sisters had food on the table for us to maintain everyday. Even though she passed on shes my motivation everyday when I wake up and when I’m working out
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?
A: Yes, I mentor kids at the job I work is New Spirit Of Prayer in Fort Worth, Texas they look up to me as being a big brother to them because I motivate them to keep progressing on whatever situation they are in its always how you progress through it because there’s always a break through when your in pain.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2019 National Scouting Combine and what are your expectations?
A: Im preparing by waking up in the morning with the mental mindset to get better, seize the day because most people don’t get this opportunity. I go into the weight room with a mindset to attack the weight room and field each and everyday. Running on the field getting the little errors corrected so when its time to perform it won’t be a problem. My expectations is to shock the scouts at my height to see what I can do because most people look at my height as a disadvantage but when they see me move and run they will be shocked. I want to let the scouts know my height may be a factor but when you see my heart and effort you will consider differently.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: My ultimate achievement is to be on professional team to prove to myself and the people who doubted me that I made it happen with faith in God, my effort, and heart. Being on a professional team will be the icing on the cake to say ” I made it”